campaigns http://michiganradio.org en Michigan campaign donation cap stands, appeals court says http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-campaign-donation-cap-stands-appeals-court-says <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court won&#39;t upset a decision that keeps limits on campaign contributions for Michigan House and Senate races.<br /><br />The court says a federal judge in Grand Rapids made the right call when she refused to issue an injunction. Republican political strategist Greg McNeilly says the limits hurt his free-speech rights. He&#39;s challenging the $500 cap for state House candidates and $1,000 maximum donation to state Senate candidates.<br /><br />The appeals court said Tuesday that Michigan&#39;s restrictions still don&#39;t seem to stop challengers from running competitive campaigns.<br /><br />In 2010, Judge Janet Neff refused to issue an injunction two months before the general election. She says the law has been in place for decades. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:15:56 +0000 The Associated Press 8128 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan campaign donation cap stands, appeals court says Commentary: Happy Warrior http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-happy-warrior <p>How many people do you know who really love politics? I don&rsquo;t necessarily mean those politically active or intense about the issues. I know lots of people like that, conservative and liberal. But I don&rsquo;t sense that many of&nbsp;them are having a&nbsp;good time.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7799 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Happy Warrior Out of tune: a roundup of 9 campaign song gaffes http://michiganradio.org/post/out-tune-roundup-9-campaign-song-gaffes <p>Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is sticking to his Michigan roots, at least in his choice of campaign song.</p><p>Romney has chosen &quot;Born Free&quot; by Detroit-area rocker Kid Rock to serve as the theme music for his bid for the Republican nomination.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu3rsha1ZtI</p><p>While<a href="http://www.kidrock.com/news/00e323-kid-rock-anthem-to-be-romneys-campaign-theme-song/"> a post on Kid Rock&#39;s website</a> seems to give at least tacit approval to Romney&#39;s use of the song, things don&#39;t always go so smoothly for candidates when choosing their soundtracks.</p><p>Michigan Radio has put together a list of controversies, disputes, and gaffes related to campaign songs:</p><ol><li>In what might be deemed a classic of campaign song missteps, <strong>Bruce Springsteen</strong> was none too happy when <strong>Ronald Reagan </strong>praised &quot;Born in the U.S.A&quot; during his 1984 campaign, <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2004-06-16/entertainment/reagan.80s_1_cosby-show-pop-culture-family-ties?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ">as told by CNN</a>.</li><li>Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-tells-michele-bachmann-to-stop-playing-american-girl-20110628">Rolling Stone</a> reported that Republican primary contender <strong>Michelle Bachmann</strong> drew the ire of <strong>Tom Petty</strong> for using his song &quot;American Girl&quot; to tout her patriotism and her position as the only woman in the Republican field.</li><li>Apparently, Bachmann didn&#39;t learn anything from <strong>President George W. Bush</strong> who was scolded by <strong>Petty</strong> back in 2000 for using &quot;I Won&#39;t Back Down&quot; without permission.</li><li>A post from <a href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/104426">mentalfloss.com reports</a> that in 2008, <strong>John McCain</strong> had a heap of campaign song troubles, receiving cease and desist requests from John <strong>Mellencamp</strong>, <strong>Boston</strong>, <strong>Foo Fighters</strong>, and <strong>Jackson Browne</strong> in response to his use of their songs.</li><li>McCain&#39;s running-mate <strong>Sarah Palin</strong> also took heat for using &quot;Barracuda&quot; by <strong>Heart</strong> as her intro music at the Republican National Convention. As Rolling Stone reports, a press release from the band said the song was written as &quot;a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women&quot; and that the band found &quot;irony in Republican strategists&#39; choice to make use of it there.&quot;</li><li>In a more creative, but no less artist-angering effort, <strong>Bob Dole</strong> rewrote the lyrics to the 1960&#39;s <strong>Sam &amp; Dave</strong> hit &quot;Soul Man,&quot;&nbsp; to create the eponymous &quot;Dole Man,&quot; before being threatened by the song&#39;s rights-holders (<a href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/104426">again from mentalfloss.com</a>)</li><li>Not to be accused of partisanship, however,<strong> Sam Moore </strong>of the above mentioned duo took issue with<strong> Barack Obama</strong>&#39;s use of the group&#39;s song &quot;Hold On, I&#39;m Comin.&#39;&quot; As <a href="http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/06/tom-petty-against-machine">Mother Jones</a> reports, Moore was nonplussed by the politicization of a song about &quot;gettin girls.&quot;</li><li>While not technically a campaign song per se, <strong>Herman Cain</strong> became the punch-line of more than a few jokes (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/jon-stewart-herman-cain-goodbye-video_n_1131259.html">many of them made by the Daily Show&#39;s John Stewart</a>) for quoting the theme song of the <strong>Pokemon movie </strong>during his speeches.</li><li>If the above stories show that misuse of music by political candidates is an increasingly-common occurrence, then at least, as the Washington Post reports,<strong> Charlie Christ</strong> had the decency to record a video apology to <strong>David Byrne of the Talking Heads</strong> for his unauthorized use of the song &quot;Road to Nowhere.&quot;</li></ol><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4k13LmlcUE&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:35:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5289 at http://michiganradio.org Out of tune: a roundup of 9 campaign song gaffes 10-year project aims to end homelessness http://michiganradio.org/post/10-year-project-aims-end-homelessness <p>The state is half-way through a ten year project called <a href="http://thecampaigntoendhomelessness.org/">Michigan&rsquo;s Campaign to End Homelessness</a>. The project focuses on &ldquo;housing first&rdquo; or &ldquo;rapid re-housing.&rdquo; (That means reducing the amount of time people spend in shelters and trying to quickly find them permanent housing.)</p><p>Last year the state helped 40,000 people find stable housing.</p><p>Janet Irrer is the state&rsquo;s homeless programs manager. She says housing first is a more humane way to help people make changes in their lives.</p><p>&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t deal with life in a shelter,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t reach self-sufficiency there.&rdquo;</p><p>The state is required to focus on housing first programs in order to get federal funding. Irrer says housing first programs are less expensive to run and help the state save money. Sun, 04 Dec 2011 18:17:58 +0000 Kyle Norris 5241 at http://michiganradio.org 10-year project aims to end homelessness Banning Abortion http://michiganradio.org/post/banning-abortion <p><span style="font-size:medium">Yesterday, after a long series of what were described as impassioned floor speeches, the Michigan Legislature banned a medical procedure called &ldquo;partial-birth abortion.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">Thinking about this is not for the faint of heart. The procedure, known medically as &ldquo;dilation and extraction&rdquo;&nbsp; involves a technique where a fetus is killed after it partly emerges from the vagina.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">A very small percentage of abortions have ever been performed this way -- less than a fifth of one percent. Some doctors have said this procedure sometimes makes sense for the safety of the mother.</span> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:52:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4259 at http://michiganradio.org Banning Abortion No political ads for me http://michiganradio.org/post/no-political-ads-me <p>The election season is about to bring something that most everyone likes to complain about: political ads on television.</p><p>For me, the problem isn&rsquo;t the barrage of political ads, it&rsquo;s the lack of them.</p><p>Chances are, if you live in Michigan, you&rsquo;re different from me.</p><p>You&rsquo;re in.</p><p>I&rsquo;m out.</p><p>You will get tons of what you might think are thoroughly obnoxious TV ads about Michigan political races.</p><p>Ads that say, &quot;Debbie Stabenow is a big spender,&quot; or &quot;Pete Hoekstra is an extremist.&quot;</p><p>Stuff like that.</p><p>And I won&rsquo;t. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:07:12 +0000 Keith Oppenheim 4205 at http://michiganradio.org Report: $23 million spent anonymously on Michigan political ads last year http://michiganradio.org/post/report-23-million-spent-anonymously-michigan-political-ads-last-year <p>A new report says anonymous donors have a growing influence in Michigan election campaigns.</p><p><a href="http://www.mcfn.org/pdfs/reports/MICFN_HiddenInPlainViewP-rev.pdf">The study by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network</a> says independent groups that don&rsquo;t have to reveal their donors spent $23 million on political ads last year.</p><p>The report shows both Governor Rick Snyder and his Democratic opponent, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, were among the candidates for statewide office who were aided by ads paid for by unknown donors to independent political committees.</p><p>The use of independent and untraceable ads is especially prevalent in state Supreme Court races, says Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.</p><p>Robinson says the donors may be invisible to the public, but they still want something for the money they are spending to support or oppose politicians:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Whether it&#39;s a workplace regulation, an environmental deregulation, a budget earmark, a public works project, a tax not levied, whatever it is, and I don&rsquo;t think we&rsquo;re seeing half the story on the money that&rsquo;s moving public policy.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Robinson says, in some cases, ads paid for by anonymous donors made up half the spending in a race, and that $70 million was spent on untraceable and independent election ads over the past decade.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;In all of these campaigns, voters have an interest in knowing who the real supporters of the candidates are,&quot; said Robinson. &quot;It&rsquo;s a mechanism for controlling quid pro quo corruption in politics.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Michigan Campaign Finance Network is calling for a law to require independent groups that buy campaign or issue advocacy ads to identify their donors. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:46:45 +0000 Rick Pluta 2862 at http://michiganradio.org Repealing Michigan's emergency financial manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/repealing-michigans-emergency-financial-manager-law <p>A group announced plans today to ask voters to repeal <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/EMF_Fact_Sheet2_347889_7.pdf">Michigan&#39;s Emergency Financial Manager law</a>.&nbsp; Recent changes to the law give broad powers to state appointed financial managers.&nbsp; The EFM&#39;s have the authority to void union contracts and strip power from <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/people-benton-harbor-disagree-about-what%e2%80%99s-best-city">local elected governments</a> and <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/unions-say-efm-bills-bad-teachers">school&nbsp;district</a>s.&nbsp;</p><p>Brandon Jessup leads a group called <a href="http://michiganforward.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/michigan-forward-to-launch-%E2%80%9Ccampaign-to-build-michigan%E2%80%9D/">&#39;The Campaign to Build Michigan&#39;</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the law violates the rights of Michiganders.&nbsp; Jessup says his group hopes to get approval for petition language next month.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He says they hope to collect enough signatures to get the question put on the ballot in 2012.&nbsp; Mon, 16 May 2011 22:12:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 2520 at http://michiganradio.org Sen. Stabenow has $3 million for re-election bid http://michiganradio.org/post/sen-stabenow-has-3-million-re-election-bid <p>Michigan&#39;s Democratic Senator <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabeow</a> has $3 million on hand for her 2012 re-election bid, according to the Associated Press. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The Associated Press on Wednesday obtained a copy of the Stabenow for U.S. Senate committee&#39;s April quarterly report, which is due to the FEC by Friday.</p><p>In it, the committee says Stabenow raised nearly $1.2 million in the period that ran from Jan. 1 to March 31 and has $3 million on hand in the run for her third term in the Senate.</p></blockquote><p>Stabenow was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000. The only Republican to declare candidacy for the seat so far is Randy Hekman, a former Kent County judge. He <a href="../../post/first-republican-announces-candidacy-against-us-senator-debbie-stabenow">announced his candidacy last month</a>.</p><p>Other <a href="../../term/saul-anuzis">possible GOP candidates</a> for the Senate seat include former West Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.petehoekstra.com/">Pete Hoekstra,</a>&nbsp; former Secretary of State <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110130/POLITICS02/101300315/Ex-SOS-Land-considering-challenging-Stabenow-in-2012">Terri Lynn Land</a> and former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party <a href="http://www.thatssaulfolks.com/">Saul Anuzis</a>. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:25:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 2060 at http://michiganradio.org Sen. Stabenow has $3 million for re-election bid Out-of-State Political Money http://michiganradio.org/post/out-state-political-money <p>The campaigns for Michigan candidates for Congress drew a lot of money from out of state.&nbsp;</p><p>The price tag for the Congressional campaigns comes in at about $40 million.&nbsp; Rich Robinson is with the <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/">Michigan Campaign Finance Network</a>.&nbsp; He says the political parties in Washington, unions, and non-profits with anonymous contributors all chipped in.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Of the $40 million, I&rsquo;m estimating $16.8 million of that came from outside sources.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:39:44 +0000 Lester Graham 262 at http://michiganradio.org Out-of-State Political Money